Tuesday 15 January 2008

London 'big cat' articles

The new Centre For Fortean Zoology Yearbook 2008 is now available from http://www.cfz.org.uk/ and includes two articles of note to London-based weirdness. The first is Neil Arnold's 'Cats Around The Capital' plus Karl Shuker's 'A Trio Of Mystery Cats At London Zoo'.

Monday 14 January 2008

The phantom cat-ripper!

1998 was a very grisly year throughout the city with regards to frequent mysterious moggie murders, by way of decapitation and tail removal. Forty cats had turned up in eight months from as far a field as Bexley and Sidcup towards Kent, and further into the heart of London at Camden, Tottenham and Hackney. Environmental officers from Bexley Council investigated one particular carcass that had been completely drained of blood and bereft of head. Strangely, most of the victims were found not far from their homes, often discovered in the back or front gardens.
On Halloween 1998 a pet cat with a severed head was found in a garden in Wimbledon. The horrifying discovery led some to believe that a satanic cult were on the prowl at night, whilst others claimed that the ‘M25 Monster’, a local big cat, possibly a lynx, had devoured the domestic variety.
At Stepney and New Barnet around the same time, other cats were found, but their heads remained absent and on November 11th a psychologist was called in by police to create a profile of what the press had dubbed ‘the cat-ripper’, with The Independent reporting that, “…cat ripper may attack humans next”, causing a reasonable stir in the press and the local community. Ten rabbits were next on the hit-list, but further south, and towards the festive season at Twickenham, an Eileen Tattershall lost her cat Bonkers in grisly fashion, but even a £1,000 reward couldn’t flush the mystery attacker out.
As the sliced up moggies turned up, many cat owners would be spending their Christmas without their beloved pussies.

Invasion of the...mussels!


Tuesday 1 January 2008

Round-up of 2007 London-related 'big cat' sightings

Londonist has Neil Arnold's end of year sightings round-up located at: http://londonist.com/2007/12/the_saturday_st_31.php

Neil's book voted 'best of year'!

Loren Coleman, cryptozoologist at http://www.cryptomundo.com has voted Neil Arnold's MONSTER! THE A-Z OF ZOOFORM PHENOMENA the award of 'BEST FORTEAN CRYPTOZOOLOGY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2007' http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/cz-books-2007/